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Module

ARC3001 : Architectural Design 3.1

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Matthew Margetts
  • Other Staff: Miss Cara Lund
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

This module aims to enable students to research ideas and coherent architectural designs, while integrating knowledge and understanding of the thematic areas of the syllabus, and mastering the skills in architectural design whereby these ideas will find expression. The module builds upon the foundation of architectural knowledge established in stages 1 & 2.

In particular, the module objectives are that the student will be able to demonstrate in architectural designs:

1. Awareness, knowledge and understanding of the disciplines which inform architectural design (design principles - technology and environment - cultural context - histories and theories of architecture - professional practice and management - communication skills) appropriate to the resolution of the moderately complex coherent architectural designs.

2. Knowledge and understanding of the interdependence of architectural studies in the context of architectural design; core bodies of knowledge, most important contexts, principles and applications.

3. The ability to produce coherent architectural design up to the level of a moderately complex public building with the ability to integrate knowledge and understanding of the social and aesthetic requirements, building technologies, environmental design and construction methods.

4. Related awareness, knowledge and understanding of the experiential and tectonic qualities of architecture appropriate to these levels of complexity.

5. A personal philosophical approach, as a basis for design and thinking appropriate to these levels of complexity.

6. An ability in using visual, verbal and written communication methods and appropriate media to test, appraisal and represent ideas and designs up to the scale of a moderately complex public building.

Outline Of Syllabus

One year long studio project comprised of a number of discrete stages.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation of the portfolio.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials300:2010:00Non-synchronous video recordings and readings covering key themes, design methodology and precedent
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Non -synchronous learning material focused on the field trip.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities300:2010:00Non -synchronous learning material, including technical and digital skills.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities1132:00132:00Project related exercises and tasks as discussed in tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:3024:00Synchronous group tutorials - attendance and participation in discussions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching54:0020:00Review days - presenting own work and attendance at other student's reviews.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0012:00Specific research relating to the building case study.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Group discussion related to the case study.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities1116:00116:00Specific research relating to the design project.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Synchronous skills workshops.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1156:00156:00Non-synchronous individual activity related to project development and synthesis.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity132:0032:00Directed work of a reflective nature related to the project portfolio.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Synchronous visits to analyse sites relating to the design project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00Synchronous virtual field trip exploring different cities and case study buildings.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity14:004:00Reflection on field trip and case study.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity17:007:00Student led group work focussing on the building case study.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision160:308:00Synchronous project related tutorials given 1:1 or in small groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk161:0016:00Synchronous talks including introduction to module stages, Q&A sessions and practitioner talks.
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation12:002:00Reflective exercise.
Total600:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARC3013Architectural Technology 3: Integrated Construction
ARC3015Theory into Practice
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Architectural Design 3.1 aims to consolidate, develop and expand on the key design skills gained during stages 1 and 2. The module consists of one-year long design project organised into discrete stages. The project is delivered through a studio model. Studios offer a range of design contexts and pedagogies all culminating in a building of similar scale and complexity. Each studio adheres to the same overall year structure and milestones designed to meet the learning outcomes of the module. The projects are developed to encourage critical and reflective thinking at all scales of design, from conceptual through to material and tectonic declarations of intent. At key points throughout the semester the student is expected to declare both process and outcomes and an emphasis will be placed on the effective communication of ideas in a variety of formats. Students are given limited flexibility within each studio to develop their own aspects of the brief or site selection. Each of the studios entails variety of group and individual tasks. Students are regularly exposed to other studios methodologies and outputs through stage reviews / cross studio presentations. Peer learning is also encouraged through the virtual studio exercises and student participation in reviews and seminars. The participation in a lively and vibrant studio culture that fosters a culture of debate and develops both oral and graphic confidence is a key part of the student learning experience.

PiP Hours: Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring on assigned ‘PiP days’. (Architecture’s programme level PiP briefing note provides further detail.)
Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: While there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Architectural Design modules. The latter is a reflection of a) design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own research and creative work and b) student feedback and high student attendance at weekly online Architectural Design Stage briefings (module talks) during the period of lockdown teaching in Spring 2020.’ Architectural pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M100Design Portfolio Review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Projects are provisionally marked at key stages with indicative letter grades and individual performance is discussed as the year progresses. Each project is evaluated against a set of criteria outlined in the project descriptions. Following each project assessment, students receive a set of written comments in the relation to the declared criteria, with a provisional mark.

The formal assessment will take place at the end of semester 2 where the year’s design work will be assessed holistically as an academic portfolio and given a final mark (%). This allows students to amend and develop work from earlier projects before the final portfolio assessment at the end of semester 2.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS ON THIS MODULE ARE REQUIRED TO HAND IN A FULL ACADEMIC PORTFOLIO AT THE END OF THE YEAR THAT INCLUDES ALL STAGE 3 DESIGN PROJECT WORK, ALL STAGE 3 NON-DESIGN COURSEWORK AND THE STAGE 2 PORTFOLIO.
Failure to submit the full portfolio will be considered as non-submission of the entire module.

Reading Lists

Timetable